Jury Awards Canon Nearly $4.5 Million for Toner-Bottle Patent Infringement

World Intellectual Property Review reports that a federal jury has awarded Canon Inc. a $4.5 million award after finding that a plastic manufacturer and a toner company “willfully infringed” upon a Canon patent involving Canon toner bottles.

The jury handed handed down the verdict on Monday, June 19th, at the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. It found that two companies  infringed on the Canon patent, ordering General Plastic to pay Canon $3.7 million, and Color Imaging to pay Canon $730,000.

In 2011, Canon sued both companies for infringing upon its patent (U.S. Patent 7,647,012), which involves toner bottles used with Canon imageRUNNER copier/MFPs.

Canon said in its complaint: “Defendants market their toner bottle products as purported alternatives to genuine toner bottle products manufactured by Canon and sold under the Canon brand name…. Defendants’ acts complained of herein are damaging and will continue to cause irreparable injury and damage to Canon for which there is no adequate remedy at law.”

The jury unanimously found that Canon had successfully proven that the parties infringed upon the Canon patent.

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